§ 42-64-1 Short title
§ 42-64-1.1 Change of name
§ 42-64-2 Legislative findings
§ 42-64-3 Definitions
§ 42-64-4 Creation
§ 42-64-5 Purposes
§ 42-64-6 General powers
§ 42-64-7 Additional general powers
§ 42-64-7.1 Subsidiaries
§ 42-64-7.2 Amendment of the articles of incorporation of a subsidiary public corporation
§ 42-64-7.3 Voluntary dissolution of a subsidiary public corporation
§ 42-64-7.4 Water supply facilities
§ 42-64-7.5 Acceptance of federal grants
§ 42-64-7.6 Transfer of functions from the governor’s office of intergovernmental relations
§ 42-64-7.7 Grant of powers to the corporation
§ 42-64-7.8 Sewer treatment facilities, connections, sewer user fees, charges and assessments
§ 42-64-7.9 Orders as to pretreatment of sewage
§ 42-64-7.10 Preservation and support of the fishing industry and other current uses at Newport and Galilee
§ 42-64-7.11 Venture capital forum program
§ 42-64-7.12 Transfer of functions to the Quonset Development Corporation
§ 42-64-7.13 National security infrastructure support fund
§ 42-64-8 Directors, officers, and employees
§ 42-64-8.1 Appropriation and expenses
§ 42-64-8.2 Role and responsibilities of board members
§ 42-64-8.3 Transparency requirements established
§ 42-64-9 Condemnation power
§ 42-64-9.1 Inspection powers
§ 42-64-9.2 Civil penalties
§ 42-64-9.3 Criminal penalties
§ 42-64-9.4 Procedures for enforcement
§ 42-64-9.5 Hearings
§ 42-64-9.6 Notice of decisions
§ 42-64-9.7 Notice of hearing on orders
§ 42-64-9.8 Procedure for hearings on orders
§ 42-64-9.9 Public access to information
§ 42-64-9.10 Rules and regulations — Notice of rule review
§ 42-64-10 Findings of the corporation
§ 42-64-11 Disposition of projects
§ 42-64-12 Community advisory committees
§ 42-64-13 Relations with municipalities
§ 42-64-13.1 Assistance to urban communities for economic revitalization
§ 42-64-13.2 Renewable energy investment coordination
§ 42-64-14 Relations with state agencies
§ 42-64-14.1 Exclusive jurisdiction of general assembly to approve or deny oil refinery or nuclear plant project plans
§ 42-64-15 Bonds and notes of the corporation
§ 42-64-16 Short-term notes
§ 42-64-17 Security for bonds or notes
§ 42-64-18 Reserve funds and appropriations
§ 42-64-19 Trust funds
§ 42-64-20 Exemption from taxation
§ 42-64-20.1 Procedure
§ 42-64-21 Notes and bonds as legal investments
§ 42-64-22 Agreement of the state
§ 42-64-23 Credit of state
§ 42-64-24 State’s right to require redemption of bonds
§ 42-64-25 Remedies of bondholders and note-holders
§ 42-64-26 Authorization to accept appropriated moneys
§ 42-64-27 Assistance by state officers, departments, boards and commission
§ 42-64-28 Annual financial reports and performance report
§ 42-64-29 Inventory of development sites
§ 42-64-30 Inconsistent provisions
§ 42-64-31 Other statutes
§ 42-64-31.1 Rules and regulations
§ 42-64-32 Construction
§ 42-64-33 Severability
§ 42-64-34 Appointment of small business advocate
§ 42-64-34.1 Cooperation required
§ 42-64-35 Government contract procurement assistance
§ 42-64-36 Program accountability
§ 42-64-37 Loan and loan guarantee programs
§ 42-64-38 Audit of the corporation
§ 42-64-39 Business development center
§ 42-64-40 Court-approved settlements
§ 42-64-41 Report regarding small business lending

Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws > Chapter 42-64

  • Adjourn: A motion to adjourn a legislative chamber or a committee, if passed, ends that day's session.
  • Advice and consent: Under the Constitution, presidential nominations for executive and judicial posts take effect only when confirmed by the Senate, and international treaties become effective only when the Senate approves them by a two-thirds vote.
  • Airport facility: means developments consisting of runways, hangars, control towers, ramps, wharves, bulkheads, buildings, structures, parking areas, improvements, facilities, or other real or personal property necessary, convenient, or desirable for the landing, taking off, accommodation, and servicing of aircraft of all types, operated by carriers engaged in the transportation of passengers or cargo, or for the loading, unloading, interchange, or transfer of the passengers or their baggage, or the cargo, or otherwise for the accommodation, use or convenience of the passengers or the carriers or their employees (including related facilities and accommodations at sites removed from landing fields and other landing areas), or for the landing, taking off, accommodation, and servicing of aircraft owned or operated by persons other than carriers. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • authority: means the governmental agency and public instrumentality, formerly known as the "Rhode Island port authority and economic development corporation" and/or also formerly known as the "Rhode Island economic development corporation" and now known as the Rhode Island commerce corporation authorized, created, and established pursuant to § 42-64-4, or any subsidiary corporation thereof which is established pursuant to § 42-64-7. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Chambers: A judge's office.
  • Civic facility: means any real or personal property designed and intended for the purpose of providing facilities for educational, cultural, community, or other civic purposes. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Compliance schedule: means a schedule of remedial measures including an enforceable sequence of actions or operations leading to compliance with an effluent limitation or any other limitation, prohibition or standard. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Concurrent resolution: A legislative measure, designated "S. Con. Res." and numbered consecutively upon introduction, generally employed to address the sentiments of both chambers, to deal with issues or matters affecting both houses, such as a concurrent budget resolution, or to create a temporary joint committee. Concurrent resolutions are not submitted to the President/Governor and thus do not have the force of law.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Director: means the executive director of the economic development corporation until such time that the secretary of commerce is appointed. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Energy resource: means the various fuels derived from crude petroleum, coal, natural gas, wood, electricity, and all other resources yielding energy. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-60-3
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
  • Federal land: means real property within the state, now acquired or hereafter acquired by the Rhode Island commerce corporation which was formerly owned by the United States government, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, including without limiting the generality of the foregoing, any and all real property now or formerly owned or used by the United States government in the towns of North Kingstown, Portsmouth, Middletown, and Charlestown and the city of Newport as military installations or for other purposes related to the national defense. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Fee simple: Absolute title to property with no limitations or restrictions regarding the person who may inherit it.
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • in writing: include printing, engraving, lithographing, and photo-lithographing, and all other representations of words in letters of the usual form. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-16
  • Indemnification: In general, a collateral contract or assurance under which one person agrees to secure another person against either anticipated financial losses or potential adverse legal consequences. Source: FDIC
  • Industrial facility: means any real or personal property, the demolition, removal, relocation, acquisition, expansion, modification, alteration, or improvement of existing buildings, structures, or facilities, the construction of new buildings, structures, or facilities, the replacement, acquisition, modification, or renovation of existing machinery and equipment, or the acquisition of new machinery and equipment, or any combination of the United States, which shall be suitable for manufacturing, research, production, processing, agriculture, and marine commerce, or warehousing; or convention centers, trade centers, exhibition centers, or offices (including offices for the government of the United States or any agency, department, board, bureau, corporation, or other instrumentality of the United States, or for the state or any state agency, or for any municipality); or facilities for other industrial, commercial or business purposes of every type and description; and facilities appurtenant or incidental to the foregoing, including headquarters or office facilities, whether or not at the location of the remainder of the facility, warehouses, distribution centers, access roads, sidewalks, utilities, railway sidings, trucking, and similar facilities, parking areas, waterways, dockage, wharfage, and other improvements necessary or convenient for the construction, development, maintenance, and operation of those facilities. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Joint resolution: A legislative measure which requires the approval of both chambers.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Local governing body: means any town or city council, commission, or other elective governing body now or hereafter vested by state statute, charter, or other law, with jurisdiction to initiate and adopt local ordinances, whether or not these local ordinances require the approval of the elected or appointed chief executive officer or other official or body to become effective. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Mortgage loan: A loan made by a lender to a borrower for the financing of real property. Source: OCC
  • Municipality: means any city or town within the state now existing or hereafter created, or any state agency. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • notes: means the bonds, notes, securities, or other obligations or evidences of indebtedness issued by the corporation pursuant to this chapter, all of which shall be issued under the name of and known as obligations of the "Rhode Island commerce corporation. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • oath: includes affirmation; the word "sworn" includes affirmed; and the word "engaged" includes either sworn or affirmed. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-11
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Parent corporation: means , when used in connection with a subsidiary corporation established pursuant to § 42-64-7. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: extends to and includes co-partnerships and bodies corporate and politic. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-6
  • Personal property: means all tangible personal property, new or used, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, all machinery, equipment, transportation equipment, ships, aircraft, railroad rolling stock, locomotives, pipelines, and all other things and rights usually included within that term. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Pollutant: means any material or effluent which may alter the chemical, physical, biological or radiological characteristics or integrity of water, including but not limited to, dredged spoil, solid waste, incinerator residue, sewage, garbage, sewage sludge, munitions, chemical wastes, biological materials, radioactive materials, heat, wrecked or discarded equipment, cellar dirt, or industrial, municipal, agricultural or other waste petroleum or petroleum products, including, but not limited to, oil. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Pollution: means the discharge of any gaseous, liquid, or solid substance or combination thereof (including noise) into the air, water, or land which affects the physical, chemical, or biological properties (including temperature) of the air, water, or land in a manner or to an extent which renders or is likely to render the air, water, or land harmful or inimical to the public health, safety, or welfare, or to animal, bird, or aquatic life, or to the use of the air or water for domestic, industrial, or agricultural purposes or recreation including the man-made or man-induced alteration of the chemical, physical, biological or radiological integrity of water. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Pollution control facility: means any land or interest in land, the demolition, removal, relocation, acquisition, expansion, modification, alteration, or improvement of existing buildings, structures, or facilities, the construction of new buildings, structures, or facilities, the replacement, modification, or renovation of existing machinery and equipment, or the acquisition of new machinery and equipment, or any combination thereof, having to do with or the purpose of which is the abatement, control, or prevention of pollution, including industrial pollution, and all real and personal property incidental to that facility. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Port facility: means harbors, ports, and all real and personal property used in connection therewith, including, but not limited to, waterways, channels, wharves, docks, yards, bulkheads, slips, basins, pipelines, ships, boats, railroads, trucks, and other motor vehicles, aircraft, parking areas, shipyards, piers, quays, elevators, compressors, loading and unloading facilities, storage facilities, and warehouses of every type, buildings and facilities used in the manufacturing, processing, assembling, storing, or handling of any produce or products, other structures and facilities necessary for the convenient use of the harbors and seaports, including dredged approaches, railways, railroad terminals, side tracks, airports, roads, highways, tunnels, viaducts, bridges, and other approaches, useful in connection therewith, and any other shipping or transportation facility useful in the operation of a port or harbor. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • port project: means the acquisition, ownership, operation, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, improvement, development, sale, lease, or other disposition of, or the provision of financing for, any real or personal property (by whomever owned) or any interests in real or personal property, including without limiting the generality of the foregoing, any port facility, recreational facility, industrial facility, airport facility, pollution control facility, utility facility, solid waste disposal facility, civic facility, residential facility, water supply facility, energy facility or renewable energy facility, or any other facility, or any combination of two (2) or more of the foregoing, or any other activity undertaken by the corporation. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Project user: means the person, company, corporation, partnership, or commercial entity, municipality, state, or United States of America who shall be the user of, or beneficiary of, a port project. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Public law: A public bill or joint resolution that has passed both chambers and been enacted into law. Public laws have general applicability nationwide.
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • real estate: may be construed to include lands, tenements, and hereditaments and rights thereto and interests therein. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-10
  • Real property: means lands, structures (new or used), franchises, and interests in land, including lands under water, and riparian rights, space rights, and air rights, and all other things and rights usually included within the term. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Recreational facility: means any building, development, or improvement, provided that building, facility, development, or improvement is designed in whole or in part to attract tourists to the state or to provide essential overnight accommodations to transients visiting this state, including, without limiting in any way the generality of the foregoing, marinas, beaches, bathing facilities, ski facilities, convention facilities, hotels, motels, golf courses, camp grounds, arenas, theatres, lodges, guest cottages, and all types of real or personal property related thereto as may be determined from time to time by the corporation. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Renewable energy facility: means any real or personal property, or any combination thereof, related to, or incidental to, any project, designed, intended, or utilized for an eligible renewable energy resource that meets the criteria set forth in subsections 39-26-5(a) and 39-26-5(c). See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Revenues: means : (i) with respect to any project, the rents, fees, tolls, charges, installment payments, repayments, and other income or profit derived from a project or a combination of projects pursuant to any lease, conditional sales contract, installment sales contract, loan agreement, or other contract or agreement, or any combination thereof, and (ii) any receipts, fees, payments, moneys, revenues or other payments received or to be received by the corporation in the exercise of its corporate powers under this chapter, including, without limitation, loan repayments, grants, aid, appropriations and other assistance for the state, the United States or any corporation, department or instrumentality of either or of a political subdivision thereof, bond proceeds, investment earnings, insurance proceeds, amounts in reserves and other funds and accounts established by or pursuant to this chapter or in connection with the issuance of bonds, and any other taxes, assessments, fees, charges, awards or other income or amounts received or receivable by the corporation. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Rule or regulation: means any directive promulgated by the Rhode Island commerce corporation not inconsistent with the laws of the United States or the state, for the improvement of navigation and commerce or other project purposes and shall include, but not be limited to, charges, tolls, rates, rentals, and security provisions fixed or established by the corporation. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • seal: shall be construed to include an impression of the seal made with or without the use of wax or wafer on the paper. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-15
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Sewage: shall be construed to mean the same as "pollutant" as defined in subsection (16) above. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Sewage treatment facility: means the sewage treatment plant, structure, combined sewer overflows, equipment, interceptors, mains, pumping stations and other property, real, personal or mixed, for the treatment, storage, collection, transporting or disposal of sewage, or any property or system to be used in whole or in part for any of the aforesaid purposes located or operated within the boundaries of the Quonset Point/Davisville Industrial Park, or utilized by the corporation for the transport, collection, treatment, storage or disposal of waste. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Solid waste: means garbage, refuse, and other discarded materials, including, but not limited to, solid waste materials resulting from industrial, recreational, utility, and commercial enterprises, hotels, apartments, or any other public building or private building, or agricultural, or residential activities. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Solid waste disposal facility: means any real or personal property, related to or incidental to any project, which is designed or intended or designated for the purpose of treating, compacting, composting, or disposing of solid waste materials, including treatment, compacting, composting, or disposal plants, site and equipment furnishings thereof, and their appurtenances. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Source: means any building, structure, facility or installation from which there is or may be the discharge of sewage. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • State: means the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • State agency: means any office, department, board, commission, bureau, division, authority, or public corporation, agency or instrumentality of the state. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • State guide plan: means the plan adopted pursuant to § 42-11-10, which establishes the statewide planning program. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • town: may be construed to include city; the words "town council" include city council; the words "town clerk" include city clerk; the words "ward clerk" include clerk of election district; the words "town treasurer" include city treasurer; and the words "town sergeant" include city sergeant. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-9
  • town council: include city council; the words "town clerk" include city clerk; the words "ward clerk" include clerk of election district; the words "town treasurer" include city treasurer; and the words "town sergeant" include city sergeant. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-9
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Uniform Commercial Code: A set of statutes enacted by the various states to provide consistency among the states' commercial laws. It includes negotiable instruments, sales, stock transfers, trust and warehouse receipts, and bills of lading. Source: OCC
  • United States: include the several states and the territories of the United States. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-8
  • User fees: Fees charged to users of goods or services provided by the government. In levying or authorizing these fees, the legislature determines whether the revenue should go into the treasury or should be available to the agency providing the goods or services.
  • Utility facility: means any real or personal property designed, intended or utilized for generating, manufacturing, producing, storing, transmitting, distributing, delivering, or furnishing natural or manufactured gas, steam, electrical, or nuclear energy, heat, light, or power directly or indirectly to or for any project, project user, or for the public, the collection and disposal of storm and sanitary sewage; any railroads necessary or desirable for the free flow of commerce to and from projects; any roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, viaducts, or other crossings necessary or desirable for the free flow of commerce to and from projects, and any public transportation systems or facilities, including, but not limited to, bus, truck, ferry, and railroad terminals, depots, tracked vehicles, and other rolling stock and ferries; and any appurtenances, equipment, and machinery or other personal property necessary or desirable for the utilization thereof. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
  • Water supply facility: means any real or personal property, or any combination thereof, related to or incidental to any project, designed, intended, or utilized for the furnishing of water for domestic, industrial, irrigation, or other purposes and including artesian wells, reservoirs, dams, related equipment, and pipelines, and other facilities. See Rhode Island General Laws 42-64-3